Launching early in 2017, Age of Ascent is a truly massive multiplayer game set in Humanity’s near future. It features direct-piloting realtime combat on an unparalleled scale, an entirely player-driven economy, multi-device support – and it’ll even run in your web browser without plugins or installs!

We run free public alpha PvP playtests once a month (on the Saturday listed at the top of this page), so please come join us! It’s totally free and there’s nothing to download or install; you don’t even have to register or create an account. If you want to find out what to expect, please watch the video to your right, recorded last session. If you took part in the last test, please don’t hesitate to give us feedback on your experience.

Our monthly playtests are not the full game by any means; we’re just demonstrating and testing the server architecture, networking communications, graphics rendering and testing the essential PvP component to make sure it works for the full MMO game that’s in development. You can find out more about the full game on our about page.

So invite your friends, come back for the next playtest and have a blast!

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"Age of Ascent is poised to become something special, one of those games that players will point to years down the road and say, 'Yep, that was the one that changed everything'."

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Latest News

Article: A Chat With the Creators of Age of Ascent, an Ultra-MMO Powered by the Cloud

May 16th, 2016
Alessio Palumbo interviews CEO James Niesewand about Age of Ascent over at WccfTech

Video: Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016: Nano Server

April 27th, 2016
Matt McSpirit talks to Technical Fellow Jeffrey Snover about Windows Server 2016, Nano Server and Age of Ascent!

Age of Ascent Build Conference News Roundup!

April 18th, 2016

Service Fabric State Resiliency Considerations

April 10th, 2016
Service Fabric’s General Availability was announced at Build 2016 during Scott Guthrie’s keynote; where […]

Article: Microsoft at Build: 10 Spoken and Unspoken Messages

April 9th, 2016
Guthrie said much of Azure and Office 365 was built with Service Fabric, and also showed how the Age of Ascent game […]

Article: Microsoft Azure cloud services tuck ops under the covers

April 5th, 2016
We have some more great coverage featured today! Check out the quote below […]

Video: Microsoft Cloud Allows Age of Ascent To Handle 50,000 Players in Same Battle

When Illyriad wanted to create a game of a massive scale never before achieved […]
April 4th, 2016

Video: Gaming at Cloud Scale with James Niesewand and Ben Adams

April 2nd, 2016
Building a shardless, real-time twitch MMO in the cloud requires new ways of thinking. […]

Video: Age of Ascent at the Azure Service Fabric for Developers presentation

April 1st, 2016
Ben Adams gives a brief talk about Age of Ascent and Service Fabric at 44 min […]

Video: Age of Ascent at the Microsoft Build 2016 Keynote Presentation

March 31st, 2016
Our video and demonstration of our Service Fabric use by Scott Hanselman […]

Article: How Microsoft is giving its customers ‘a slap in the face, but in a good way’

March 27th, 2016
Matt Weinberger of Business Insider talks to James Niesewand, the CEO […]

ASP.NET Core – 2300% More Requests Served Per Second

February 18th, 2016
ASP.NET Core – Exceeds 1.15 Million request/s, 12.6 Gbps Congratulations to ASP.NET Core and .NET […]

Release Notes Feb 6, 2015

February 6th, 2016
Join us at for a 30 min multi-player playtest Saturday, 6th of Feb, […]

Podcast: Inside Age of Ascent with Ben Adams

January 9th, 2016
Scott Hanselman talks to Ben Adams, the CTO of Illyriad Games, about […]